Cholera is still a major risk in Haiti and Dominican Republic

With all the interest in the spread of chikungunya fever in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, it is easy to forget that cholera is still a major public health problem in these countries. In the Dominican Republic, there is still an average of 31 cholera cases diagnosed every month. In Haiti, there have been 6,689 cholera cases so far this year with 31 deaths. On average, there are 291 cases with 1 death every week.

All travellers to any area where cholera has been reported can reduce the risk of exposure to this infection by strictly observing all food and water precautions. If gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., vomiting and profuse watery diarrhoea) develop while visiting the affected area, travellers should seek medical care at once.

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